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Local standouts at UNC making early impact


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Sep. 14, 2018 - 6:59 AM

Two players from the University of North Carolina with ties to Coweta County will get an unexpected day off on Saturday after the Tar Heels’ game against Central Florida was cancelled because of the threat of bad weather due to Hurricane Florence.

Senior J.K. Britt, who played at Newnan, and red-shirt freshman Jeremiah Gemmel, who played at East Coweta, have both seen action in North Carolina’s two losses to open the season.

North Carolina lost the California 24-17 and East Carolina 41-19.

Through two games, Britt has 13 tackles, including two for a loss. Gimmell also has a tackle for the Tar Heels.

This will be the second year in a row Central Florida has lost a game to a hurricane. Last season, their home game against Georgia Tech was also cancelled when Hurricane Irma moved across parts of Florida.

West Georgia moves into Division II rankings:  

One day after cracking the top-10 in the AFCA National Top-25, the West Georgia Wolves moved up two spots in the weekly D2Football.com poll, jumping to No. 13 in this week’s media rankings. 

“The rankings are a good thing for our kids to get recognition for the hard work they put in day-in and day-out,” said head coach David Dean. “But we still have a lot of football and some very good teams left on our schedule, so that hard work must continue for our success to be sustained.”

West Georgia is one of three Gulf South Conference teams in the rankings this week. West Florida suffered a loss at the hands of now sixth-ranked Midwestern State, as the Argos fell from third in the nation to 11th in this week’s media poll. West Alabama jumped two spots to eighth with a double-digit win over Miles College this past weekend. 

West Alabama is the highest-rated of the three schools in both polls this week, sitting in eighth in the AFCA Top-25 and the D2Football.com poll. West Georgia was ranked 10th in the AFCA poll Monday before Tuesday rankings. West Florida checks in a 11th in the D2Football.com poll and 13th in the coaches’ poll. 

Coweta County is well represented on this year’s West Georgia football team. Isaiah Riddle is a redshirt-senior linebacker. East Coweta graduate Landon Mathis is a freshman tight end for the Wolves and Northgate graduate Cameron Ramsey is a redshirt freshman in the secondary.

Northgate graduate playing at Western Illinois:

Former Northgate tight end Chris Age is figuring in the mix for the Western Illinois Leathernecks.  In two games, Ages has a catch for six yards. Age and his teammates have dropped their first two games of the season, losing to Montana State and Big 10 opponent Illinois.